In 1836 Victor Hartwall founded a mineral water factory in Helsinki and thereupon
began the story of today's leading beverage company in Finland. Along the years
Hartwall expanded domestically and internationally through organic growth and
company acquisitions. It not only developed its drink variety but also advanced
the industrial development of corks, bottles, packaging, logistical products etc.
In 1991 Hartwall and the Swedish brewery Pripps joined forces and co-founded Baltic Beverages Holding becoming the first western beverage company to operate in Russia. The pioneering venture extended to include Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine among other Eastern European countries.
In 2002 Hartwall merged with the UK-based brewery Scottish&Newcastle, one of the world’s largest beer and cider companies of the time. After Heineken and Carlsberg acquired Scottish&Newcastle in 2008, all operations in the UK, Portugal, Belgium and Finland moved over to Heineken resulting in Hartwall becoming a part of the Heineken Group.
In 2013 Royal Unibrew acquired Oy Hartwall Ab. Royal Unibrew is a leading regional beverage provider in a number of markets – primarily in Northern Europe, Italy and in the international malt beverage markets. Royal Unibrew produces, markets, sells and distributes quality beverages with its focus on branded products within beer, malt beverages and soft drinks as well as cider and long drinks.
The merge with Scottish&Newcastle generated notable wealth in shares for Hartwall
family members. Those shares were later sold to the Heineken Group and the family
is now looking to invest their assets. Hartwall Capital operates as the investment
company for the whole Hartwall family. K. Hartwall Invest, however, manages the
joint investments of Erik, Victor and Kaj-Erik Hartwall.